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May is MEDA Membership Month

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Overview

May is always an exciting month for the Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA). It's our birthday on the 25th (We'll be 59 this year!), it's the month we launch our Annual Meeting each year, the month that we hold our Spring Economic Development Toolbox each year, and it also coincides with International Economic Development Week from our parters at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

This year, MEDA will take the opportunity to support International Economic Development Week while sharing the great work of Michigan's economic development community, and putting a face to the practice by profiling our members, throughout the entire month.

Please join us in support of economic development as a whole, and in support of Michigan's economic development community.

Visit this page or watch our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn profiles for regular posts to share, from the resources below, that will spread the word about our great profession. If you have additional questions supporting the campaign, about MEDA, or about being a member of MEDA, contact Cassandra Jorae at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Why Economic Development

Economic developers are often tasked with answering the question of exactly what it is that they do. The answer is not always simple because they use a variety of methods to meet their goals.

MEDA, IEDC, and The Right Place, Inc., have information on the purpose and definitions of economic development.

Sample Posts:

  1. Q: Why is Economic Development Important? A: Attracting and growing businesses strengthens our economy providing locally-produced goods and services. Strong businesses pay taxes that go for vital services such as schools, roads, fire, and police. Businesses also provide good jobs that put money in people’s pockets and allow for a higher quality of life. FYI: View this and more commonly asked questions about economic development on MEDA's Why Economic Development webpage: https://www.medaweb.org/why-economic-development #EDW2019
  2. For existing businesses, economic developers help with tax abatements, infrastructure improvements, export assistance, and much more! #EDW2019 https://www.iedconline.org/clientuploads/Downloads/IEDC_How_Econ_Dev_Programs_Help.pdf

Michigan's Economic Developers

MEDA's members are a diverse group of individuals, located throughout the state of Michigan, that use various tools to stimulate economic growth while maximizing the best interests of the entire community. They come from educational and employment backgrounds as well as have plenty of ideas and strategies for creating opportunities in Michigan.

We are excited to introduce you to some great ones.

MEDA Members in the News

MEDA's members are in communities across Michigan making a difference each day.

We are pleased to share a collection of news articles hightlighting the work of MEDA's members in Michigan.

Meet Michigan's Economic Developers

MEDA's members are a diverse group of individuals, located throughout the state of Michigan, that use various tools to stimulate economic growth while maximizing the best interests of the entire community.

They come from educational and employment backgrounds as well as have plenty of ideas and strategies for creating opportunities in Michigan.

We are excited to introduce you to some of them. 

Clickner AmyMeet Amy Clickner

Amy helped create Lake Superior Community Partnership 21 years ago and has lead the organization though many successes.

Meet Amy

 

Sean KammerMeet Sean Kammer

Sean is on MEDA's Emerging Leaders Committee. He has only worked in economic development for about 5 years, but already has a rich history.

Meet Sean

 

Vicky RadMeet Vicky Rad

Vicky was recently promoted to Director of The Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

Meet Vicky

 

Seimer SamMeet Samantha Seimer

Samantha, or Sam, is the Economic Development Director for the City of Farmington Hills. Sam took a leadership role in MEDA shortly after joining by becoming an Emerging Leaders Committee Co-Chair.

Meet Samantha

 

Smedley RonMeet Ron Smedley

Ron has worked for Michigan's Departement of Environmental Quality - which recently transitioned to the Departement of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy - for 19 years.

Meet Ron

Helpful Links

Check out these links to streamline your search for economic development information!

MEDC Site Projects
This interactive link allows you look at MEDC projects by region and find out various information about each project such as private investment dollars, project highlights, and total jobs committeed. 

Business Development Region Map
This map provides the contact information of Business Development Managers by region. 

Fact Sheets for MEDC Incentives and Programs 
The MEDC aims to be transparent with the people of Michigan. One way they do this is by providing short fact sheets in  layman's terms describing all of their available incentives and programs.

Community Assistant Team (CAT) Contact Map

MEDA Members in the News

MEDA Members in the NewsMEDA's members are in communities across Michigan making a difference each day.

Below are a collection of articles that we feature in our weekly newsletter to showcase the work of the economic development community in Michigan.

5/20/19

The Right Place Assists Cyber Security Company With Expansion

5/13/19

New Rehab District Will Help $6.2 Million Doherty Renovations

5/6/19

Growth is in the Forecast for Bay City Economy

The Right Place receives Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development

Three Reasons Rail Lines are Important for Michigan’s Economy

4/29/19

Downtown Businesses Tap Into Community Support, Funding

4/22/19

InvestUP CEO Shares Vision for Economic Development

State Representative Ben Frederick Discusses Economic Development With Justin Horvath, President, Michigan Economic Developers Association (YouTube Video)

4/15/19

The Great Transformation: From Analog to Digital, Detroit Regional Partnership Leads New Business

Vicky Rad Appointed New County Director of Planning and Economic Development

MEDC Joins LEAP and Insurance Industry Leaders to Announce a New Statewide Economic Development Initiative

4/8/19

2018 Top Livingston County Successes

Giant Gains: Port Huron Becoming Strong Destination for Young Grads, Talent

4/1/19

Osprey Technologies Receives Business Distinction

Kinexus Group Announces Van Buren County’s First Economic Development Organization, Market Van Buren

3/25/19

Hoyden Creative Principals Certified as Brand Strategists

3/18/19 

Plus One Program Recognizes Marquette County Businesses

3/11/19

Downtowns Find They Have a Cool Factor

Historic Building in Benton Harbor Expected to be Redeveloped

Troy Chamber President to Leave for Position at Michigan Venture Capital Association

3/4/19 

Alliance Says Bay County Plays an Important Role in Regional Growth

Cornerstone Alliance Recruits Developer for Major Project in Downtown BH

Detroit Economic Growth Corp. Bolsters Team With Promotion, New Hire

2/26/19

Laying the Foundation for Growth, Falcon Industries Opens New Headquarters

2/18/19

Macomb County Tops Country for Manufacturing Job GrowthSpotlight: Success Stories from the Underground Incubator

2/11/19

How Three Metro Detroit Communities Are Turning Commercial Districts into New Downtowns

2/4/19

Ready for Redevelopment: Meridian Township Receives Community Certification

1/21/19

Hotels are Booming in Southeast Oakland County

Opportunity Zones

1/16/19

Economic Development Arm Detroit Regional Partnership Launches

1/7/19

Kinexus Provides Further Details on $1.9M Going Pro Talent Fund Grants in SWM

|MiBiz Crystal Ball 2019: What's Inside

1/2/19

Michigan Works! Southeast Receives $2.3+ Million to Help Area Businesses

12/26/18

ZEISS to Build New State-of-the-Art Facility in the Detroit Metro Area

12/17/18

Global Engineering Company Investing $1.7 Million, Creating Jobs in Farmington Hills

12/11/18

Stephanie Carroll Re-Elected for a Three-Year Term on MEDA Board of Directors

12/10/18

Kimberly Marrone Elected for a Second Three-Year Term on MEDA Board of Directors

12/10/18

Park District Clears Major Hurdle, Receives State Tax Credit

12/7/18

Justin Horvath Elected to Three-Year Term on MEDA Board of Directors, Starting in 2019

11/19/18

Negaunee Set to Move Forward With Economic Development Plan

11/12/18

Get Enthusiastic About Business Holiday Parties With Tips from MEDA's 2017 "Robert Sieghart Award for Enthusiasm for the Economic Development Profession" Winner, Doug Brown - Then Register for MEDA's Holiday Party "New Energy for the New Year"

11/5/18

LEAP Receives Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council

10/29/18

Strategic Plan Still Sitting on the Shelf?

10/22/18

Benton Township Board Paves the Way for $6M Investment, 30+ Jobs at Gast Mfg.

10/15/18

Battle Creek Unlimited Gets $150K Grant to Draw in Drone Makers, Missile Defense Project

10/8/18

LEAP’s PROTO Accelerator Launches InsurTech Platform

MMDC Gets $100,000 Grant to Help Local Companies Gain Work with Defense Industry

10/2/18

Ypsi's East Cross Street Named One of America's "Great Places"

9/24/18

Battle Creek City Commission Approves $7.9 Million Tax Abatements for Heritage Tower

9/18/18

James McBryde Accepts Term on MEDA Board of Directors

9/4/18

The Secret to Marshall’s Downtown Success? A Steady Past and An Aggressive Present.

Michigan Certified Development Corporation Promotes Eric Kehler

Local Leaders React to the $555M Dairy Operation Planned in St. Johns

8/6/18

Spence Brothers Makes Crain's List of 50 Fastest Growing Companies in 2018

7/30/18

Paw Paw School Board Seats New Member

7/23/18

Deb Stuart Wins MML's Community Builder Award - Hear Her Interview in Limelight Podcast

7/16/18

Right Place Signs Partnership with Oceana County

7/9/18

Meet Tyler Rossmaesler

Northwood University Recognizes Annette Rummel in Distinguished Women Awards

7/2/18

Spotify USA Inc. to Open a Regional Office in Birmingham

6/25/18

Hatchcast by MSU Hatch on Apple Podcast

6/18/18

City to Experiment with Pop-Up Maker Spaces

6/11/18

Marisue Moreau Appointed to the Governor's Talent Investment Board

5/29/18

Jessica DeBone Wins Developing Leaders PRISM Award

4/30/18

Farmland Turning Into Industrial Park to Grow Economic Opportunities for Jackson County

4/16/18

Kinexus is Best Non-Profit to Work for in 2018

2/12/18

The Right Place, Inc., Wins Prestigious Accreditation

1/29/18

Clickner Appointed Chair of the IEDC Performance Oversight and Monitoring Committee

1/23/18

Cindy Brown features in Grand Rapids Business Journal Influential Women Interview

Make Your Travel Plans for MEDA's 2019 Annual Meeting

19 AM Brochure CoverThe links below will help you get to Marquette and make plans for your free time before, during, and after the conference.

Full Conference Agenda

Extended Information on Activities

Basic Conference Schedule

Tuesday, August 13th

  • 6:00 p.m. Early Arrivals Reception - This reception will be held in conjunction with an MEDC Fam Tour, so about 15 site consultants will join us!

Wednesday, August 14th

  • 11:00 a.m. - Golf Meetup at the Marquette Golf Club - Heritage Course
  • 12:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - PotlatchDeltic Lumber Mill Tour
  • 12:20 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Tilden Mine Tour
  • 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Conference Registration
  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Opening Reception

Thursday, August 15th

  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Education and Networking
  • 2:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Downtown Marquette Walking Tour
  • 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Awards Reception

Friday, August 16th

  • Morning - Education and Networking
  • Approx. 12:00 noon - Adjournment

Enjoy Yourself

Visit the Travel Marquette website for things to do, places to eat, places to shop, recreational activities, and much more!

Here are some ideas for your free time before, during, or after the conference:

Reserve Your Stay

Visit MEDA's Location and Hotel Reservations page to make your hotel reservation for the conference. Extended rates are available.

Driving to Marquette

  • From Detroit - Approx. 7 hours
  • From Grand Rapids - Approx. 6 hours
  • From Lansing - Approx. 6 hours
  • From Traverse City - Approx. 5 hours

Flying to Marquette

Delta is the primary airline servicing airports in the Upper Peninsula.

It is highly recommended that you reserve your flight as soon as possible as last-minute flights are not guaranteed.

Car rental information is available on the individual airport websites.

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